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Occupy activist allegedly assaulted by police to be charged with assaulting police

HKFP Occupy banner one year on

Civic Party activist Ken Tsang, who was allegedly beaten by seven police officers during last year’s pro-democracy Occupy protests, is to be charged with assaulting and obstructing police.

Tsang said in a radio programme on Thursday morning that he had received a call from police telling him that he will be arrested and charged with one count of assaulting police and four counts of obstructing public officers.

The charges came exactly one year after seven officers were filmed apparently kicking and punching Tsang in front of a wall near the government headquarters in Tamar, Admiralty. The site has been dubbed “the dark corner” of police violence.

Tsang said he feels “shocked” to be charged with attacking police as he was the one who was attacked.

Earlier media reports suggested the seven officers would be charged on Thursday.

The policemen, two superintendents and five junior officers, could be officially charged with wounding, according to local newspapers Ming Pao and Apple Daily. The seven officers, who were suspended and arrested after the incident, could face up to three years in prison, Apple Daily said.

On Wednesday night, around 100 people rallied at the “dark corner” to protest police violence during the Umbrella Movement.

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Ken Tsang at the rally. Photo: League of Social Democrats via Facebook.

Participants put electric candles on the floor to “light up the dark corner”. In a speech, Tsang called for the prosecution of the seven policemen.

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Participants of the rally put electric candles on the floor. Photo: League of Social Democrats via Facebook.

Asked about reports of the prosecution, Tsang said it came too late, Apple Daily reported.

“Belated justice is injustice,” Tsang said.

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Occupy activist allegedly assaulted by police to be charged with assaulting police